thanks for the colour

95 portraits for a 95th birthday

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Adam Andreani

 

Born: Johannesburg, South Africa - Lives: Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Age: 17 

Occupation: Student 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

of your role in creating and maintaining the experiment of constitutional government in South Africa.

 

Ajeibi Odeh 


Born: Otobi, Nigeria - Lives: Abuja, Nigeria 

Age: 35 

Occupation: Building Construction 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

it is a rare privilege of paying my respect to my lifetime hero. Ever since I read your book "Long Walk to Freedom" I have always wanted to meet you and thank you. 

 

Alaa Mokhtar 


Lives: Cairo, Egypt 

Age: 20 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

you are such a great man.

 

Alinda Bennett Mwandari Francis Xavier 


Born and Lives: Kampala, Uganda 

Age: 19 

Occupation: Student 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

for long I have hoped to get this message to you. 

Rolihlahla you are not a great man, you're the greater man of those of us still living as I speak. Your life, actions, character and way of thinking are being of great help to me as a growing man. I highly doubt we will ever meet but when I grow to outlive my usefulness, you can be sure you're one of the people the world will thank because you would have unknowingly contributed to the moulding of another man that will do his fair share for his people. I truly hope that you get better health-wise and await the continuation of what you begun which is not just freedom but also true composure. Have a graceful birthday and thanks for being my father+hero = fathero.

 

Alison Sesi 


Born: Billericay, England - Lives: Luton, England 

Age: 51 

Occupation: Teacher 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

you wouldn't accept anything less than 'one man, one vote', sacrificing your freedom to ensure justice.  25 years ago, when you turned 70 in prison, we in the UK anti-apartheid movement were campaigning for your release. Our hopes were soon to be fulfilled so we could witness your wisdom in forgiving. It may also be forgotten that your subsequent years of freedom don't yet equal the number you spent in incarceration. 


It's hard to think of a greater model for our times - Madiba we salute you! 

 

Alistair de Blocq 


Born and lives: Johannesburg, South Africa 

Age: 15 

Occupation: Scholar 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

of your humility and for agreeing to meet my Dad when his company handed you a cheque for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. 

 

Amy van Druten 


Born and lives: Johannesburg, South Africa 

Age: 13 

Occupation: Scholar 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

I wasn't born in the apartheid South Africa, I was actually born after you finished presidenting the country, but I'd like to thank you for making the country I live in today an AWESOME one and that my best friends are Black, Coloured and Indian. 

Thank you Nelson Mandela!! 

 

Amy-Louise Pratt 


Born: Durban, South Africa - Lives: Boston, USA 

Age: 21 

Occupation: Au Pair 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

as a South African in a foreign country, people often approach me about South Africa with a negative outlook on our country. As we talk about South Africa, I talk about the positive things in our country. Almost always the only positive thing people know is you, Nelson Mandela. I'm proud to say I come from a country with such an internationally 

recognized positive role model. 


Thank you for shining a positive light on our lovely country.

 

Andrea de Vecchi 


Born: Torino, Italy - Lives: Genova, Italy 

Age: 45 

Occupation: Ski Instructor 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

of your brave history. 

 

Andrea Viviers 


Born and lives: Potchefsroom, South Africa 

Age: 21 

Occupation: Honours Student 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

you taught me through your life and views the practical meaning of the following: 

Tolerance + Human Dignity = Peace.

 

Annie Markitanis 


Born: Greece - Lives: Milan, Italy 

Age: 29 

Occupation: Creative projects development and fashion consultant 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

you unchained the "handcuffs" attached to the human external portrayal! 

 

Anuj Shah 


Born: Nairobi, Kenya - Lives: Johannesburg, South Africa 

Age: 50 

Occupation: Company Director 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

Mandela, you are to me as follows: 

M – Magnanimous. A – Adorable. N – Noble. D – Distinguished. E – Elegant. 

L – Live Wire. A - Admirable.

 

Anvita Shah 


Born: London, England - Lives: Johannesburg, South Africa 

Age: 13 

Occupation: Student 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

life in South Africa would have been so different for so many without the differences you made. 

You are an inspiration to follow for the youth of today. 

 

Anya Shah 


Born and Lives: Johannesburg, South Africa 

Age: 13 

Occupation: Student 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour… 

and for leading this country! 

 

Apurva Shroff 


Born: Zambia - Lives: Perth, Australia 

Occupation: Accountant 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

you have bought hope to this world. 

 

Ateki Seta Caxton 


Born and lives: Yaounde, Cameroon 

Age: 27 

Occupation: Director of the Network for Solidarity, Empowerment and Transformation for all NewSETA Cameroon 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

you are a role model upon whose example I have set a purpose for my life. I'm 27 and you were in Robben Island for 27 years. Thereafter there was a great light for all South African people and the rest of the world. I intend to start shining this light too, right from here. 

God Bless you Madiba. 

 

Avril Gold 


Born: Glasgow, Scotland - Lives: Sterling, Scotland 

Age: 50 

Occupation: Psychologist 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

you have lived in, lived through and shaped the most dramatic times of my life and as I take stock at 50, I reflect on your massive leadership contribution and presence over nearly twice that lifetime. 

 

Barry Gass 


Born: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe - Lives: Salt Lake City, UT, USA 

Age: 42

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

and to thank you for restoring my faith in Africa. Growing up in turbulent times in 

Zimbabwe and then moving to South Africa just as you were being released had a 

profound and lasting effect on me. Thank you for teaching all of us tolerance, 

patience and mostly forgiveness. 

My wish is that your legacy lives on and allows all of Africa to reach her full potential. 

 

Beverley Parry 


Born: Springs, South Africa - Lives: Johannesburg, South Africa 

Age: 67 

Occupation: Retired 


I'd like to thank Nelson Mandela for the colour because… 

I thought I would live my whole life in a country with an inhumane social order and now I see a rainbow in this land. 

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